Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has appealed to the electorate in the state to vote massively for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in next month’s presidential election.
He said this was because of his sincerity in advocating ranching as solution to the lingering herders crisis in the country.
The Governor who spoke Thursday at his reelection campaign rally in Katsina/Ala also stated that the former Vice President was not a religious fundamentalist.
He reiterated that Atiku who was on the same page with the people of the state and all PDP candidates in the forthcoming election.
He observed that while President Muhammadu Buhari was canvassing for the opening up of cattle routes which would impact negatively on the land of the people of the state if implemented, Alhaji Atiku had been establishing ranches for his cattle and even proceeded to build feed-mills.
He said, “ranching is critical to the survival of our state because it remains the best solution to the incessant crises between farmers and herders with monumental loss of human lives and property over the years hence we must vote against those who opposed it.
“Besides Atiku has a long standing relationship with the Benue people who conferred a chieftaincy title on him years back and he also believes in the corporate existence of Nigeria.”